Local softball player signs with UC Davis

Jun 24, 2015 8:25 PM by Ross Field

Wednesday was a day to remember for one student athlete at Butte College as she achieved her goal of earning a softball scholarship to a Division-I school. Action News Now's Ross Field was there and filed this report.

It's a signing ceremony several years in the making.

"I'm just blessed for this opportunity," said Taylor Peters.

Taylor Peters accepting a scholarship to play softball at UC Davis.

"I'm ready to go at the next level with D-1," said Peters.

Realizing a dream that began long ago on the field at Paradise High School.

"UC Davis has been my dream since high school and it just didn't come around in high school so I ended up going to another four-year university," said Peters.

After helping Paradise win a section title in 2013, Peters signed with NAIA school Cal-State San Marcos, but her career with the Cougars lasted one year before she returned home to be with her family and play for Butte.

"I always knew she was a D-1 player, I think she had to go to Cal State San Marcos to realize that she is a Division-One player and I think that's what made her mind up to come back and play a season with Butte," said Jay Peters, Taylor's dad.

A decision that payed big-time dividends.

In her one season with the Roadrunners, the shortstop hit .429 with seven home-runs and 34 steals, helping Butte to their first Golden Valley Conference title as well as finally capturing the interest of UC Davis.

"Coming back to Butte was the best decision I ever made because it gave me that opportunity again to prove myself and show exactly what I can do and it gave me my confidence back," said Peters.

"She has tremendous talent, speed you can't teach. Sshe worked to get better, better, and better every day this year," said Stayce York, Butte College softball coach.

Now it's time to take that next step with a program she's always wanted to be a part of.

"There's a brand new coach, I really like her, she's trustworthy and made me feel comfortable. I like the campus, I love the team, I love the coaches, the academics are amazing, everything just felt right," said Peters.

She'll be fairly close to home too, which makes one person in particular extremely happy.

"It's only an-hour-and-forty minutes away and not only will I be able to watch her play, I'll be able to watch her practice," said Jay Peters.

Taylor Peters refused to give up on her dream, and through hard work, patience and perseverance, she's finally making it come true.

"I'm very proud, very proud, couldn't be prouder," said Jay Peters.


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